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Criminal Justice: Data and Statistics: U.S. Official Crime Stats

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Official counts of crime from the U.S. criminal justice system.

Additional Online Resources for the Uniform Crime Reports

Crime Trends
This is an online data tool from the Bureau of Justice Statistics.  Create tables for at the national, state, or local level using UCR offense variables.

National Incident-Based Reporting System Resource Guide
This is a guide from the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data.  Explains the relationship between UCR and NIBRS.  Links to online data anlysis options for a selection of NIBRS segments.

Uniform Crime Reporting Program Resource Guide
This is a guide from the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data.  It provides a description of the study methodology and links to available data sets for download and manipulation in statistical software programs.  Online data analysis for UCR county-level data is available.

Crime Rankings

City crime rankings 2010-2011 : crime in metropolitan American
Online book

City crime rankings : crime in metropolitan America / Morgan Quitno Corp.
HV 6787 .C57
Latest edition in Main Library Reference, 1 Center.

Crime state rankings... : crime in the 50 United States / Morgan Quitno Corp.
HV 6787 .C8
Latest edition in Main Library Reference, 1 Center.

Morgan Quitno Awards - America's Safest (and Most Dangerous) Cities
Online press release from the publishers of the city and state crime ranking books.  Lists top cities in both categories.

About the Uniform Crime Reports

Uniform Crime Reporting

The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program has been the starting place for law enforcement executives, students of criminal justice, researchers, members of the media, and the public at large seeking information on crime in the nation. The program was conceived in 1929 by the International Association of Chiefs of Police to meet the need for reliable uniform crime statistics for the nation. In 1930, the FBI was tasked with collecting, publishing, and archiving those statistics.

Today, four annual publications, Crime in the United States, National Incident-Based Reporting System, Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, and Hate Crime Statistics are produced from data received from over 18,000 city, university/college, county, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies voluntarily participating in the program. The crime data are submitted either through a state UCR Program or directly to the FBI’s UCR Program.

In addition to these reports, information is available on the Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) Program and the Hate Crime Statistics Program, as well as the traditional Summary Reporting System (SRS) and the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS).


Major Statistical Publications from the Uniform Crime Reports

Crime in the United States
"Crime in the United States (CIUS) is an annual publication in which the FBI compiles volume and rate of crime offenses for the nation, the states, and individual agencies. This report also includes arrest, clearance, and law enforcement employee data." 
Online access available from 1995-present.
Print access available in the Government Documents Library (Main Library, 3 West) from 1930-present at call number J 1.14/7:.

Hate Crime Statistics
"Each year's edition of Hate Crime Statistics presents data regarding incidents, offenses, victims, and offenders in reported crimes that were motivated in whole or in part by a bias against the victim's perceived race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability."

Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted
The FBI annually compiles data concerning the felonious and accidental line-of-duty deaths and assaults of law enforcement officers and presents these statistics in Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA). Tabular presentations include weapons used, use of body armor, and circumstances surrounding murders and assaults of officers.
Online access available from 1996-present.
Print access available in the Government Documents Library (Main Library, 3 West) from 1982-1985,1995,1996-1998 at call number J 1.14/7-6:.

Age-specific arrest rates and race-specific arrest rates for selected offenses, 1993-2001
Print access available in the Government Documents Library (Main Library, 3 West) at call number J 1.14/7-10:1993/2001

    Supplementary Homicide Reports

    Homicide Trends in the United States
    This site contains a series of charts that describe homicide patterns and trends in the United States since 1976.  Topics covered include long-term trends, demographic trends, multiple victims and offenders, infanticide, homicides by intimates, law enforcement officers killed, weapons trends, regional trends, and trends by city size. The data analyzed are from the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, particularly the Supplementary Homicide Reports.

    Homicide Trends in the United States, 1980-2008 and annual rates for 2009 and 2010. November 2011.

      Easy Access to the FBI's Supplementary Homicide Reports, 1980-2006
      Provides access to more than twenty years of national and State data on homicide victims and known homicide offenders, including information on the age, sex, and race of victims and offenders, the victim-offender relationship, and the type of weapon used.  An online analysis tool from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Deliquency Prevention.

      Learn More About the Supplementary Homicide Reports
      Overview of the study design from the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data.

        Michigan Uniform Crime Reports

        Michigan State Police Uniform Crime Reports
        A compilation of data from over 600 police departments, sheriffs' offices, and specilized law enforcement agencies reported to the Department of State Police as part of the Uniform Crime Reporting Program. In addition to state level data, this report also provides data by the county and by the reporting agencies.

        Crime statistics data available online from 1997-2006. Crime data and statistics are also available on a year by year basis from 2000 to date.
        Print reports are available in the Michigan Documents collection (3 West) under call number HV6793 .M5 A33; the latest edition is located at the Reference Desk (1 Center).


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